From This Far

by Ivory Drive

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Ivory Drive’s highly anticipated full-length debut, From This Far, propels its listeners through high energy, danceable tunes punctuated by moments of brooding sentiment. Recorded at Wave Stable Studios and mastered at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO, From This Far’s 13 tracks culminate two years of songwriting, recording, and production.

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released 29 July 2009

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Ivory Drive Boulder

Ivory Drive is an Alternative/Indie band from Boulder, Colorado. With a combination of piano, organ, drums, bass, trumpet, and sax, their unique sound is a savory stew of rock and jazz, flavored with blues, world, folk, and even bits of classical. Click on the Play button on the player below to hear their music, or on the menu at the top to learn more about Ivory Drive. ... more

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Track Name: Breath of the Victory March
BREATH OF THE VICTORY MARCH

Simple to take a step with thee
Forward then, and on your knees
Everyone take a look at the stars
Simple to take a single stride
Toward then and bow down with pride
On your shoulders
Reaching for the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars

Another step and a march begins
Moving then and we all will win
Everyone sees the third step not so far
Another stride in time with all
The drums will drive this past the wall
Of stubborn standards staring from so far
Everyone sees this march could take us far

Lighting torches, grabbing swords and knives
Guns and shells would soon arrive
The only thing that’s scarce is victory
Hail to the champion of
Victory of war, not love
Look for the white flag waving for victory

Victory is what is sought
Vision goes past what is fought
Vows that rows of people have died for
Victory to continue through
The different ways to get to you
Is what they go to all this trouble for
Is the way they go worth dying for?

Another simple step with thee
We, the people, on our knees
Marching, yet, a path with ways to war
Something in the stride we lend
Is possibly finally different
Maybe come a fork, we’ll veer from war
Or march down the glory path to war

Lighting torches, grabbing swords and knives
Guns and shells would soon arrive
The only thing that’s scarce is victory
Hail to the champion of
Victory of war, not love
Look for the white flag waving for victory
Victory

Simple to take a step with thee
Forward then, and on your knees
Everyone take a look at the stars
Simple to take a single stride
Toward then and bow down with pride
On your shoulders
Reaching for the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars
Everyone needs to stop
Everyone needs to stop and take a look at the stars
Track Name: Hear Me Out
HEAR ME OUT

Hear me out, the days will limit
Pensive, passive thoughts of down
What? The union we must commit
Or else we’ll drown
Discern my face, or my reflection
Dejected, dolent sorrow lay
Upon a broken heart collection
We go astray

Heed my judgment, mocked by nature
Scoffing, scorning sentiment
A lonely leaf: what signature?
Impediment
Hear me out, the hours turning
Foresee the fervid, fervent pique
Steady, how the love is burning
Once we meet

Here we stay
We have gone our ways
Nothing more
Time to shut the door

Hear me out, the days will limit
Pensive, passive thoughts of down
What? The union we must commit
Or else we’ll drown
Discern my face, or my reflection
Dejected, dolent sorrow lay
Upon a broken heart collection
We go astray

What is this, what are we doing here?
Will this ever disappear?
Hear me out, I cannot decide
Would you please help me make up my mind?
Track Name: Otherwise Pretend
OTHERWISE PRETEND

Hey there pretty girl
I think I just saw you smile
I haven’t seen ya do that in a while

Look at you, you are just right
So put that smile back on your face
Otherwise I’d say it’s a simple disgrace

Drive away now here we go
Remember when I first said hello
Drive away now here we go again, again

Hey there pretty girl
I know that things were wrong
Well now I’m singin’ a completely different song

Drive away now take a break
But don’t forget what is at stake
I know that I am such a flake
Pretend, pretend

Hey there pretty girl
You know I know what I can become
You know I want a place I can be from

Why do you look forward?
And why do I always look behind?
I guess I have a different frame of mind

Hey there pretty girl
I think I just saw you smile
I haven’t seen ya do that in a while
Track Name: Glory Faded
GLORY FADED

Sitting at an empty table
Empty room to tell a fable
No one hears the darkest part
They are not here, and are unable

Glory Faded, blinds are closed
Spears of light reveal the holes
Empty room, a still reminder
Those who shouted unopposed

The ashes rise up in glory
Tell us a story
That we’ll never hear
Our malice comes up behind us
Bounds us and binds us
Never disappears

Hidden message must exist
In memory remains a list
Time will hide the darkest part
The lonely aspect we dismiss

Footsteps echo, empty hall
Want to find it, don’t we all
Empty hall, a lost reminder
Echoes from a past war call

The ashes rise up in glory
Tell us a story
That we’ll never hear
Our malice comes up behind us
Bounds us and binds us
Never disappears
Track Name: The Factory Machine
THE FACTORY MACHINE

Not so far from here
Yet not so very near
Is a rattling piece of steel and brick machine
A factory, now made of rust
Making things that gather dust
Not a soul will use them, it would seem

Turning wheels and grinding gears
Manufacture bits of fears
That gather in a pile outside the door
Odd contraptions with little parts,
Trinkets that wind up to start,
The Factory Machine keeps building more

What a shame, but who’s to blame?
Ever since this new stuff came
Nobody knows the machine still goes on all the same
It’s left its mark, falling apart
It has worked from the start
Nobody knows the machine still goes on in the dark

An empty city far away
The machine is there to stay
Remembering when its rust had yet to come
Turning out its little toys
For non-existent girls and boys
Thinking back to days when it was young

Newer things caught their attention
Then they left without a mention
Of times they’d used the older things for fun
The Factory Machine would try
To keep the people by its side
But off into the distance they would run

What a shame, but who’s to blame?
Ever since this new stuff came
Nobody knows the machine still goes on all the same
It’s left its mark, falling apart
It has worked from the start
Nobody knows the machine still goes on in the dark

It cries for help constantly,
A little boy hears suddenly
Echoes sound like whispers from so far
Maybe the boy will turn around
And tell the people what he’s found
Or let the machine know where they are

What a shame, but who’s to blame?
Ever since this new stuff came
Nobody knows the machine still goes on all the same
It’s left its mark, falling apart
It has worked from the start
Nobody knows the machine still goes on in the dark
Track Name: Proud and Torn
PROUD AND TORN

They are all alone
Together, Can’t believe what they’ve been shown
Follow their gaze, they stare always
At a place far away from

Home: sometime they’ll go
But every single one still knows
That in the end, around the bend
The absent faces always

Show a missing part
But she still feels him in her heart
As time goes by she’ll come to lie
Again beside him like the start.

Come back with a flag, that’s the only way they’ll pack his bag
Or if he’s through because he’s due to come back true
Once his honor grew to start a new life in a few
Just as askew as he’s ever had

The start comes with ease
Before everyone is displeased
They argue more, down at the store
As children watch the strange

Disease is what some call it
Children laugh and play, and don’t follow it
On the news, their eyes aren’t glued
But they don’t have to fill

The wallet has a picture
Every single day he still misses her
Pretty smile, it’s been a while
And as he sits his mind will stir.

Come back with a flag, that’s the only way they’ll pack his bag
Or if he’s through because he’s due to come back true
Once his honor grew to start a new life in a few
Just as askew as he’s ever had

Stir up memories
As mothers wait, they still seem to plan these
Different ways, day after day
To bring back their boys to their

Families will always mourn
Though some are proud, and some are torn
As what to do, they think back to
Twenty years ago, when he was

Born all alone
No brothers or sisters to be shown
Follow his gaze, they stare always
At a place far away from home.

Come back with a flag, that’s the only way they’ll pack his bag
Or if he’s through because he’s due to come back true
Once his honor grew to start a new life in a few
Just as askew as he’s ever had
Track Name: Hide and Seek
HIDE AND SEEK

Count to ten, and close your eyes
Time goes by, continues by
Open them, and I am gone
Time goes on, continues on

When you come to look for me
What do you see? Tell me what you see
Turn around and count again
A moment then, I will come to you then

What will you find?
When nothing is showing,
And time keeps on flowing
There’s no way to hide
The past keeps on growing,
The future is going
You hide

I still find how sweet you are
From this far, even from this far
I receive the love you send
‘til the end, in my heart ‘til the end

When I hear your heart pounding
Love has wings, I send it there on wings
On its wings to you it goes
Love will grow, our love will always grow

I still find the love within
Where we’ve been, it is everywhere we’ve been
When I hide you know where to go
You will know, you will always know

You’ll always find where I hide
Time goes by, continues by
And I will never be gone
Time goes on, continues on

What will you find?
When nothing is showing,
And time keeps on flowing
There’s no way to hide
The past keeps on growing,
The future is going
You hide
What will you find?
Track Name: The Ballad of Molly Parker
THE BALLAD OF MOLLY PARKER

Well, a man walked into the room with loneliness on his face
He said, “I been travlin’ for 700 miles before I arrived at this place.”
He said, “It has been so long since I been able to find my love,”
“She’s been floatin’ away from me on the wind like a dove.”

And he proceeded to tell his lonely tale
He said, “I met this beautiful girl, and we lived together well,”
“But after a year or so, they came and took her from me…”
Said, “They tied me on the floor, uncertain and un-free”

As tears began to form, he told us of his past
He said, “Nobody would help me, it all happened so fast.”
“But then one day there came a knockin’ up on my door”
“’What is this’, I asked, ‘what have you come for’?”

He said, “Standin’ out the door was a man I did not know,”
“At this point these tragic events had happened three years ago”
“He told me that he’d heard where my love was now”
“Said she wanted to come back home to me, yet did not know how”

“So I asked him where she was, and he pointed me this way”
“That is why I’m standin’ here, in front of ya’ll today”
He Said, “I come 700 miles to see what I can find,”
“’Cause she is all that I can think of, she never leaves my mind”

Then the man caught a glimpse of the picture above my head
It was a portrait of a girl, framed and dressed in red
His face lit up like a lantern, and the tears began to stream
He said, “This cannot be… How can it be? It has to be a dream…”

Then the manager came out, said, “We don’t serve your kind here.”
“Why don’t you just turn around, and make yourself disappear”
The man responded, though, “That’s my love hangin’ on your wall”
“I come 700 miles, could ya help me out at all?”

Well the manager, he sighed, and looked at the girl in the frame
This was the man she’d spoken of… the moment finally came
When I said, “Your girl came here a few years ago, beaten and abused”
“Out of sympathy she was employed, how could she have refused?”
“But in the streets a few months ago, she was arguing for her freedom”
“So they threw her down, and they beat her up, and they killed her without reason.”

The man confused and broken-hearted turned the other way
He’d come 700 miles just to hear what I had to say
About his beautiful love that he’d been chasing for so long
She was innocent and brave, confident and strong.
Track Name: Chance for the World
CHANCE FOR THE WORLD

Take a better look, not a lot to say
Just a price to pay, a little price to pay
Take a better look, take a look around
So much to be found, a lot to be found

I want to get away, I want to have some fun
Want to be someone, I’m going to be someone
Want to get away, got a difference to make
I’ve got a chance to take, I’ve got a chance to take

I’ve got a chance to take for the world
I want to give to the world
Give a little piece of my world to the world
Give everyone a piece of my world
I’ll give everyone a little smile
Hold it in their hearts for a little while
Everyone plays a different part
Give a little piece of your heart

Find a place to stay, don’t let it disappear
Try to keep it here, a way to keep it here
Find a place to stay, a different life to live
If there’s a way to give, you’ve got a chance to give

Got a chance to give to the world
I want to give to the world
Give a little piece of my world to the world
Give everyone a piece of my world
I’ll give everyone a little smile
Hold it in their hearts for a little while
Everyone plays a different part
Give a little piece of your heart
Track Name: In the Shadows of Sirens
IN THE SHADOWS OF SIRENS

Travel to the land of the faithful
Where sand meets sea, and wave meets stone
On the wind then you must travel
Beyond the line that is unknown

Past the rocks where ships will shatter
Around the island of the found
Through the hopes and dreams that shatter
On the cold and icy ground

We sold our souls
With no fear

Down the lane of look and listen
Up the cliffs of dare and pain
Over the mountains as they glisten
Away from sirens as they wane

We sold our souls
With no fear

Travel to the land of the faithful
Where sand meets sea, and wave meets stone
On the wind then you must travel
Beyond the line that is unknown

Past the rocks where ships will shatter
Around the island of the found
Through the hopes and dreams that shatter
On the cold and icy ground

We sold our souls
Track Name: Picture Perfect Dream
PICTURE PERFECT DREAM

In a book
Case you care to look
There is a tale I will tell

So in a dream
Crazy it seems
There is a girl I don’t know

I don’t know
Who I see
She is just a picture to me
A dream perfect picture to me

Somewhere in the world around
Somewhere there’s a place
Where someday I will turn around
And I will find a trace

Picture perfect girl I see
I will find a trace
Picture perfect girl to me
I will find a place where I find her face

There they stood
With the key
They are always hiding it from me

Spinning worlds
On a desk
And they’re hiding it from the rest

Falling river
That I see
It is just a waterfall to me
An always-falling waterfall to me

And somewhere in a world around
Someday they will see
That someday I will turn around
And I will find the key

Evil demons once again
They will always be
Simply evil demons of men
They will give the key, but before they will plea

Far and wide
People will decide
Magic is the key to the war

18 merchants
On a ship
A stormy sea could always make it flip

A million waves
Upon a sea
It is just an ocean to me
A very open ocean to me

River falling
It is free
But it is just a waterfall to me

Hidden girl
I can see
She is just a picture to me
A dream perfect picture to me
And it is just a dream to me
Track Name: This Place We're In
THIS PLACE WE’RE IN

Look at us here
Look in the mirror
The long and turning path we’ve come along

Feel where we are
We’ve come so far
Look at all the things we’ve overcome

And I ask
How is it here, how are you here?
Sense the power that we have my dear
We go into the best part strong
And
How does this feel, how do you feel?
Can you believe the place we’re in is real?
And the road keeps going on

Look at me now
Remember how
We’ve spent these years together as one

And take my hand
We understand
That we’re together in the world never alone

And I ask
How is it here, how are you here?
Sense the power that we have my dear
We go into the best part strong
And
How does this feel, how do you feel?
Can you believe the place we’re in is real?
And the road keeps going on
Track Name: Carry the One
CARRY THE ONE

Wait here ‘til the sun comes on
No matter if it’s dusk or dawn
Stay here: we’re in danger
Today we’ll have to carry her

Steer her the right way to shore
Follow the light of the sun
Steer clear the might of the storm
Today we must carry the one
‘til the sun comes on

Why,
Why is it that we grow so tired?
We care
Who do we wait for to tell us what’s desired?
What,
What is it that condemns us to this way?
Or who are they?
Who knows?
That’s why we declare that

We don’t have to wait for the world
We don’t have to wait for the world

Wait here ‘til the sun comes on
No matter if it’s dusk or dawn
Stay here: we’re in danger
Today we’ll have to carry her

Steer her the right way to shore
Follow the light of the sun
Steer clear the might of the storm
Today we must carry the one
‘til the sun comes on

If,
If we were to take up all these ropes
We could
Tow her along towards our dreams and our hopes
And,
And out of any dangerous path
So do the math
Maybe we’ll arrive where the great ones stood

We don’t have to wait for the world
We don’t have to wait for the world

Wait here ‘til the sun comes on
No matter if it’s dusk or dawn
Stay here: we’re in danger
Today we’ll have to carry her

Steer her the right way to shore
Follow the light of the sun
Steer clear the might of the storm
Today we must carry the one
‘til the sun comes on